More than a thousand Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh traveled alone and are currently at risk in refugee camps, Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of UK charities, said in a release on Friday.
“Save the Children has registered at least 1,213 children who are separated from their families or have lost the people closest to them. Most are already traumatised and the charities are warning that the added threat of trafficking or assault means bringing them to safety or reuniting them with their families is vital,” the group said in a release.
Out of 536,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, some 300,000, are children.
“Being separated from your children is a parent’s greatest fear, and over a thousand children are alone in the camps,” DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said. “We urgently need more funds so that DEC member charities can provide even more emergency relief and protection to children who desperately need to find their families.”